Talking about mental health

We need to allow others to open up about mental health

You hear stories of how exciting, liberating and hard-working life at university is. You get told that the many parties and mingling with like-minded people will be ‘the best time of your life’.

When I think back to the start of 2009, when I started a web development course at Manchester Metropolitan University, I remember the good times, the parties, sharing a pizza with my friend who I moved to Manchester with. I had a great time at university.

It can be terrifying to open up about mental health

As someone with a mental illness, it can be terrifying to open up to those around you in fear of people judging you and not accepting you for who you are. For a very long time, this was exactly what I felt like. My battle with mental illness began when I was around 15, but it was July 2016 when I reached breaking point that I realised that I needed to open up about my anxiety and depression. During that time period, I was lowest I had ever been, pushing those I loved away and wanting to be non-existent.

How you respond to your friend when they are ill will have a massive impact

I've suffered with anxiety previously and although I've sort help from my GP I have never really fully addressed the issue. In the summer of 2016, I started becoming unwell again with anxiety and this time depression too. Depression was a shock to me and I found it really hard to accept and understand.

I had learnt from previous times of being unwell that I tend to cut myself off from everyone. So I messaged my friends telling them I was struggling and that I was seeking medical help.


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